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Comment: This is not news (Score 3, Insightful) 88

by Avidiax (#49423029) Attached to: Research Finds Shoddy Security On Connected Home Gateways

Anyone that understands the economics of software/embedded device development understands that it's a market for lemons with respect to security (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Market_for_Lemons).

The customer can't easily distinguish between a secure and insecure product, so even if they cared, they'd have no way to provide an economic force to cause developers to prioritize security.

+ - Hiding a WiFi Pineapple in a Carbon Monoxide detector->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro writes: Hiding penetration tools is a tough challenge for any security researchers. At the Defcon conference this past weekend, Hak5's Darren Kitchen showed off a case for his WiFi Pineapple pentesting device that looked a whole lot like a Carbon Monoxide detector

"Who will be the asshat that unplugs a CO2 monitor at a client site?" Kitchen said /blockquote?


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Comment: Cheaters (Score 3, Insightful) 266

The underlying problem here is that prohibition is a failed policy, and yet another form of moral panic.

As such, the DEA has an impossible task (enforcing the failed policy), and yet also knows that everything they do to enforce that policy is Right (justified by the moral panic).

Hence, they will cheat once, they will cheat always, they will make deals with the Devil, just to "win".

And this is the modus operandi for an organization that operates a fleet of drones.

+ - What would it cost to build a Windows version of the pricey new Mac Pro?->

Submitted by zacharye
zacharye writes: The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and flexible computer Apple has ever created, and it’s also extremely expensive — or is it? With a price tag that can climb up around $10,000, Apple’s latest enterprise workhorse clearly isn’t cheap. For businesses with a need for all that muscle, however, is that steep price justifiable or is there a premium “Apple tax” that companies will have to pay? Shortly after the new Mac Pro was finally made available for purchase last week, one PC enthusiast set out to answer that question and in order to do so, he asked another one: How much would it cost to build a comparable Windows 8 machine?...
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Comment: Re:Freaking Amazing (Score 1) 218

by Avidiax (#43086099) Attached to: Canon Shows the Most Sensitive Camera Sensor In the World

Don't be jealous. Canon has been years behind Nikon for quite a while (if you believe DxoMark). There's very little image quality difference between the 7d/60d/50d/t4i/t3i/t2i, despite that these models span 5 years of development. Canon's sensor technology has hit a plateau for several years now.

Nikon is using Sony sensors that are really excellent. Nikon's APS-C D3200 performs comparably to Canon's 35mm 5D Mark III.

This may be the first sign that Canon will eventually catch up, but this sensor is really for a video camera only. We can't extrapolate to any DSLR improvements yet.

Comment: It's not free (Score 2) 210

by Avidiax (#43050275) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Projects For a Heap of Tech Junk?

Every time I see a post like this, I'm reminded that I have been down this road myself, and seen my family members suffer for it.

If this is tempting, be honest with yourself, and look at your track record. I'll bet that you have alot of parts lying around for projects that are still "in progress". You have a reason that they are still "in progress", but realistically, you are never going to complete it. They are all waiting on something, and that thing they are waiting on is not actually in progress.

Now you want to take in enough derelict electronics to fill a shipping container, because having 53, low power, invisible, assorted brands and designs of IR lasers, still buried inside their cases, is somehow better than not having them.

Do yourself a favor and tell your "friend" to hire an electronics disposal company. He should be paying you to take all that crap off his hands.

When the day comes that a flyback transformer or DVD laser is the last part needed to complete your Tesla coil or whatever, $5 in gas money and Craigslist will get you your part.

Comment: Don't do it! It's not "free"! (Score 1) 2

by Avidiax (#43015351) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Projects for a heap of junk?

I have been down this road myself, and seen my family members suffer for it.

Be honest with yourself, and look at your track record. I'll bet that you have alot of cruft lying around for projects that are still "in progress". You have a reason that they are still "in progress", but realistically, you are never going to complete it. They are all waiting on something, and that thing they are waiting on is not actually in progress.

Now you want to take in enough derelict electronics to fill a shipping container, because having 53, low power, invisible, assorted brands and designs of IR lasers, still buried inside their cases, is somehow better than not having them.

Do yourself a favor and tell your "friend" to hire an electronics disposal company. He should be paying you to take all that crap off his hands.

When the day comes that a flyback transformer or DVD laser is the last part needed to complete your Tesla coil or whatever, $5 in gas money and Craigslist will get you your part.

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